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 - Aikcn Arouseo Over Broadcast EDITORIAL- rViken...
Aikcn Arouseo Over Broadcast EDITORIAL- rViken lia\e bei oine \ei\ nun.-ti im on-i d ovc i tin 1 luoadcasi:, of Oiaon \\elles over the American Hioadea-liii". Compani and ncvv« service repot i- lh.it ,1 \egro xeler.iu. l-,<ai \Vooil\y >i id vi.r- pulled Viff.a bus in. Aiken. badly bealen and had his eves "oiiiied out" .'.. — ,". n Sunday a week ago. Orson Welles, in a broadcast from Call- j 'fonn'a. accused tile Aiken police of brutally allackinf.' the Negro.' 'Chief of Polite--J.-.M. .Sprawls and Mayor Odell \\eeks have fia< . . police files c;irefnlK= cliftked : but have 'found no record 'of any s occurrence 'in Aikcn. •.-The slory Ims ' guincd. wide (11 iiininiTice northern pajjers, ' in | { ,.The stories and the broadcast were to the effect lhal .he Xc-ro put Mas jiulJcd off a (ireyhoiirid bus. brutally beaten,— - , , r .,, ,„„ out and was then thrown in jail. The following morning, the stories alleged, he was. sentenced by the judge to .pay a fine of §50 or serve thirty days. . - - . After-check ing these statements. Mayor 'AVVeks « rote'a .letter to Mr. Welles denying the rr«reltabje incident took place in Ai'krri and •requested that he re.traet the. slory. The mayor said: -"II is in- ,<lfed unfortunate lhal you did not 'fully verify •this', story- |,ef,m you broadcasted it." • The Aiken Standard and. Review, telephoned Ihe Attorney Gen eral's office in Washington last week askin" that, the paper hi: -riven -the true facts in the ease and lhat the City of Aiken l«; cleared (if the stain. The only statement made by the attorney general's, office was that Ihe incident "look place somewhere Iwtween Augusta. Ga. and Winnsboro S. C." ' A promise was n,add to the. paper thai as soon a* the rBlnhad completed its investigation the paper would be. given a statement. 'On last Saturday, the paper" wired the office ajiain but -! ;<s yet no acknowledgement has been made of the lelct-r;oii M;,;,' as ycMio aeknowledgemeiit has been made of.the lelefiram. The mayor said lhal he had asked the hroadcus' transcript..; of the broadcasl.-- ln.-t Sundav aiid the S< . In his broadcast. Mr. Welles referred lo Mayor \V ceks'-teller bul de.-jined.to apologize'to Aikcn. staling that if Ihc occurrence did nol happen in Aiken comity then il was up to Aiken to prove where il did! lake place. He said lhat he had l!i. ; affidavit of "Mr. \\oodviard" and! until Aiken proved thai the incident did not lake place here he would! lake Ihe affidavit as being (rue. [ \Voodvvard.iirhisstatciiicolloa.NcnYoik publication. . sa 'i?; t!iat !>.• was pulled off the bus ,, n uoiiiplaiiil .d the bus driver, turned j over to two Aiken police, who. he said, brnlally tn-aled him. struck him over the head with a blackjack and then gouged Out bis eves. \\oodward s-aid. according to a newspaper story printed in New ^ iirk. that lie ivajLjliyjrcirgcdJroin. Camp Gordon in .Aogiislu last l-'ebrnarv uiiil that on the night of t'ebruary 13 the incident occurred in Aikcn; ; Chief Sprawls siiid lliat lie is of the opinion that thr sohlicr ..„, ., [ ,u«,>^,o -,„«,„.,.< „, ,„,. op.ino,, that the soM,c, ,s,,,,-;s<o,e leKt-ii in IMS identity.oil the c.ly as the patrolmen on. duly al the 1,'n, o.i the nifiht of rebiuary ];\ reported no iirn^ls al ihe station -not «;,- ' a ,OII,,,|.M,,| mail,, to thrrii, by any bus 'driver. The officer* denied . a Hrre.-tnifi anyone by the name „!' lsaa«: \\oo.Kiaid or l*;,ae \V,,c,dward ' a — r — •••- ..P-"-.... ..-» . .. v i,r| i r > »ii« irur* TIII^^I. in* 'tiiiiii?- II* 11 f* (I •:irre.-tin<i anyone by the name'id' Isaac Woodward or Isaac \Voodward ' a •*''• i Ttie I.ions Cluli, al the regular mn-lin^ on Monday nijjlil. en-' dorsvd ihc .stand made by the Mayor. City- Council. Cilv l5.-c,,nl. r and ' (Jhief of I'olii-e. "- ' i The n-solulion said: "\\ e ; .s cili/.ens. and business mm of Aikcn | have implicil ii,ofidcme in ibe.e official- and bavin- been advised of' (be circuiiistaiiccs of ibis.,can-, arc ,,,,11 inc.-rl thai ibis incident did nol • occiir in Aikcn. S. C. \\ e vn-lcomc a full iiive.-ti^alion and should this j inii--tiualion. as u.c k'nnw -it- shall, prove our citi iiiiiocent then VM- ; inti>l ic^peclfnllv rcipiest ihe- newspaper^, radii,, and "oxerninent i.f- '• li>-i;il- lo v indicalf the I'itv of Aikcn and official*, ."'imifd. (Carlos ' TowiiM-inl, prcridi-nt: I.. \|. 'Sp.rncll. -ecrctar'v." I , ,. ... , „•',,-, ',, , ., ./''•' „ , - ! In In- 1,-ltcr I,, \\cllt-r-. dale,! Jnlv .',11. \l:n,,r \\c,-k-,.,i,| : -\,. u .. N| pap.-r accomil- of this alrocitv bavino : iirr.-d .in the Citv «>" Aikcn ' .1. (Iro-s. \iki-n i il and \I. A. A\ : ildcr, ci|i ; nd di-liiiitcl v rcloic ||n I In- mvjL'ii|-.d» of ihc. .flfi ,i- >lalc,l. lln- ciic[n-,-,l a 'IJL-ljl lo. mv ;il|ciilir,;i. I .(Hereupon iii;idc it mo-( ' nil ;m,l h-arncd dcfinilclv a'lid |io-iti\i-lv lli.i! i; i-. lo back il] nil -lal'-nn-til. I cn,-|n-c lo x.ni .-,- i've ,l,i|,li,a|,- alfidavil- of >'. \\ . \\ i,!,-,,,-, and \\ . : patrolmen: .!. \1. Sprawl-. Aikcn chief ,,f |,,,!!,,- •onlcr. .ill ,,l iiliich arc -ell harjic llial the a'l'fair happened in ill- lia\c IK-CO furni-licd to llic |,t, duplicates' of i.bc iiri.uiiuil. \ikcn. . i....

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  1. Aiken Standard,
  2. 07 Aug 1946, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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